What is Prevent?

Prevent is about safeguarding and supporting those vulnerable to radicalisation.  It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

Prevent is part of the Government's Counter Terrorism Strategy known as Contest.

The aim of Contest is to reduce the risk to the UK and its interests overseas from terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence. This strategy covers all forms of terrorism.

The Contest strategy is based on 4 key elements:

  • pursue - to stop terrorist attacks
  • prevent -  to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism
  • protect - to strengthen our protection against a terrorist attack
  • prepare -  to mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack

The Prevent strategy has 3 key objectives:

  • prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support
  • respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it
  • work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that need to be addressed

Report a concern or something suspicious

If you have a concern about an individual, where you have noticed that changes in behaviour, emotions, ideologies or beliefs have developed into more extreme views you should report it.

How do you report Prevent concerns?

Concerns can be reported to any staff member at Stockton Learning and Skills Service.

The service also has a Safeguarding Team to support their learners, they can be contacted on 07775227534 or by email

You can also report it by contacting:

  • National Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800-789-321
  • Police Prevent Team on 01642 303397 or 01642 301330.
  • Marc Stephenson, Community Protection Service Manager and Prevent Lead for Stockton on 01642 528439 or
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